A Very Painful Beginning
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Who would think that a bad stomach ache would be the beginning of so much?

No one could have imagined it.

No one but him.

He felt the life inside, desperate to escape.

He felt each creature crawl, run, jump and swim.

He even felt them trying to fly.

What else could he have done but let them all out?



The cosmogony of the Boshongo tribe in the Congo Region, talks of Bumba—also known as Mbombo or Mbongo—as the creator of all animals, including man.

It’s said, only very powerful shamans (witch doctors) have seen Bumba, and they’ve given conflicting reports of his appearance to confuse the uninitiated. However, two recurring depictions are that of a chieftain of one of the forest trib...

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